Zach Stich | Daily journal

Walking in: Underwood quarterback Nik Gardin extends the ball across the goalline for the Rockets third touchdown in Friday’s game against Wadena-Deer Creek.

UNDERWOOD — It seemed like everything was working Friday as the Underwood football team rolled past the visiting Wadena-Deer Creek  Wolverines  53-14 for a homecoming victory.

The Rockets would build a 24-0 first-quarter lead. Zane Swanson would score a rushing touchdown for 8 and 30 yards out, while quarterback Nik Gardin ran into the endzone for a 13-yard score.

In the second quarter, Chase Janu would plunge into the endzone from a yard out to put Underwood up 30-0. The Wolverines struck back as quarterback Payton Rondestvedt found Brayden Kleinke for a 74-yard touchdown. Rondestvedt would kick the point after to put the score at 30-7. The next series, Underwood would score its fifth rushing touchdown as Brien Poser sprinted in from 15 yards outs to put the Rockets up 38-7 at the break.

Coming back from break, the Rockets’ Janu would score his second touchdown on a 6-yard run and convert the 2-point conversion to take a 46-7 lead.

In the final quarter, Wolverines would score again as Rondestvedt hit Zach Shaw for a 5-yard touchdown pass. The Rockets would close out the scoring as Reed Leabo rushed in a 12-yard touchdown run.

Swanson led the Rockets in rushing with six carries for 98 yards, while Timothy DeVaney (48) and Chase Janu  (47) were close to the 50-yard mark. The Rockets had nine different players rush the ball in the win.

On defense, Slade More led the team with 12 1/2 tackles.

The Rockets will now travel to take on the New York Mills Eagles at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11.


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